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IRS NOTICES: PAYMENT ERROR

What is a CP60 notice?

Mark Steber

Chief Tax Information Officer

Published on: June 26, 2020

IRS notices are letters sent to inform taxpayers of important tax information. Each one is different, but we can explain what the CP60 is about.

Understanding your CP60 notice

The IRS made a mistake and wrongly applied someone else’s payment to your account.

Type of Notice

Payment error

Why you received the CP60 notice

You received a CP60 notice because the IRS mistakenly applied a payment to your account and by removing it, you most likely owe the IRS money.

Likely next steps

As always, carefully read the notice, which will outline the date and amount of the payment that the IRS mistakenly credited to your account. In addition, the notice will let you know what you still owe the IRS, and when that payment is due. If you cannot afford to pay the full amount, the IRS recommends you pay as much as you can and then explore payment options, like a payment plan.

You can also contact a tax professional to learn more about your options.

CP60 Notice deadline

Your notice will provide a due date for your payment.

If you miss the deadline

If you do not pay by the deadline or make other arrangements, you might be subject to penalties and interest.

About the Author

Mark Steber is Senior Vice President and Chief Tax Information Officer for Jackson Hewitt. With over 30 years of experience, he oversees tax service delivery, quality assurance and tax law adherence. Mark is Jackson Hewitt’s national spokesperson and liaison to the Internal Revenue Service and other government authorities. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), holds registrations in Alabama and Georgia, and is an expert on consumer income taxes including electronic tax and tax data protection.

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